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1350 – Municipal Brothels

“It was between 1350 and 1450 that the cities institutionalized prostitution, setting up a prostibulum publicum [municipal brothel] when the city did not already have one. The Castelletto in Venice opened its doors in 1360…. Florence took a similar decision in 1403; Siena in 1421.”

“When the Great Council of Venice ratified a decree in 1358 that declared prostitution ‘absolutely indispensable to the world,’ this was a definite sign of the times.”